Western Governors University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (510)
I'm a student of WGU and I'm proud to say that the university provides quality education. You control the way you learn and accelerate at your own pace. Lots of educational resources instrumental to learning are available to students. WGU is accredited and stands tall among other onlne universities.
A course mentor is assigned to each course. Your mentor maintains regular scheduled phone calls to assess your progress and answer your question(s). There're no class schedules and the tuition is affordable. WGU courses aren't easy. It requires hard work, dedication and discipline.
I therefore recommend WGU to anyone wishing to obtain a quality education without rattling over a high tuition and classroom schedules.
I enrolled in WGU because of good reviews and affordable tuition. Lo and behold you can not believe everything you hear or read. Instead of advisors this school has a mentor that calls and "checks" on you every week during your first class and every two weeks after. My mentor guided me incorrectly, did not own up to it and because of misinformation and constant policy changes I lost my financial aid.
I transferred in with a 3.6 average as a sophmore and will gladly go back to my traditional school and pay more. I requested a mentor change too late. I never heard from my instructor, never had classmate interaction except for the first week, and the whole set up is weird. This school gets an F from me.
The program took me three years to complete but it got me a job with a top company. Every step of the way they make sure that you excel professionally and academically. In this degree program, I not only obtained the degree, but I passed a number of certification exams that most colleges do not even know about. These certifications have proved to be valuable to potential employers. This school is accredited, and deserves some serious respect.
WGU let me get my master's degree and to fulfill my dreams. Without WGU and the online experience to do classes late at night or whenever, I would have never been able to it!! The price was the lowest around, great overall support and feedback from some great educators made getting my master's much easier than I had ever expected.
I moved over to WGU after I fell into deep debt with a different college. I was paying for the name of the school. Think about it, the most popular schools are typically, more expensive. I am finishing my degree with WGU and feel that it is basically the same degree. To date, I have not had an employer tell me "I see you are finishing up your degree at WGU. Sorry, we can't hire you". I'm sure there are employers out there that might say something like that, but I don't really want to work for a company that compares and contrasts accredited schools anyway. Really, it's not there place to judge me based on where I earned my degree. A degree is a degree. It's the same piece of paper. WGU's paper is just waaay cheaper.
If you are still reading, please note that I have had one issue. The graders that work for WGU (third party I think) are not consistent at all. They may leave comments one day, and tell you to fix the paper. Then after turning it in, they may leave comments the next time telling you to fix something completely different, and still won't pass it. That can get really annoying and is by far, the worst that I have seen out of WGU. Other than that, financial aid runs smoothly, the mentors are nice and professional...and the cost is 1/5 a semester than what I was paying before :)
WGU is an amazing school for anyone interested in pursuing a degree online.
Keep in mind that it is completely self paced, so if you are not a good self motivator than this is NOT the school for you.
With that being said, I LOVE this school. My enrollment counselor was very friendly and helpful, without being pushy at all. The financial aid department is very helpful and the application process was simple. The tuition is very affordable. My student mentor is wonderful and motivating- I actually look forward to her calls! There are plenty of resources to help you gain the knowledge you need to finish the classes. And the tests are straightforward and fair.
I love that I can do my work at any hour of the day and anywhere that I have internet access. I am a single parent and usually end up working on school late at night after I put my son to bed. I don't have to pay for babysitters or daycare, which makes this education even more affordable.
I got my B.A in education from WGU and it was the best choice I have ever made. I had years of teaching experience (pre-k) but no degree so I couldnt teach older students. I went to WGU and was a lazy student. Now I see that! I felt online would be easier and I was wrong. It took me 3 years to complete my program. I could have finished in 2 had I applied myself. The school gave me all the support I needed. The information was all present.
Yes, task stream can be annoying, and the graders are tough. There are task I have resubmitted 4 times before passing. However, any school would be tough and you may not get the chance to try again on task in a traditional school. I am super happy with my experience I just wish they offered a psych program for my masters!
I have been a student of WGU for a while now and due to some unforeseen personal circumstances that caused me to have not just 1 but 3 surgeries I was put into a "suspended student status" meaning that I was no longer able to get financial aid. So I had to withdraw until I had the funds for one more term in which I was told that if I completed that term 100% accomplished then I would be returned to "student in good standing" and would then be able to return to obtaining financial aid to complete my degree.
I withdrew and saved up enough money to return for that one more term, but sometime during that term "the rules changed" but I, nor my mentor was advised of this change and I would have to take and additional 5 credits to be able to be eligible for financial aid. That equals to at least 2 more classes. Had I been apprised of this "change" then I would have done everything in my power to add those two more classes but even my mentor advised me not to, that I would be just fine. At the end of term I was notified that I was still in "suspended status" and I wouldn't be getting any financial aid to continue.
I then tried to appeal the decision and was denied without so much as an explanation. So here I am without a degree $20,000 in debt no chance of continuing on with WGU (I do like the classes and the school curriculum and the format. I was very successful and would like to stay with this school) but due to lack of communication on the administration side of it. I am S.O.L., as it were.
I am a current student and I love the curriculum. It relates to my career very well. I gain ideas and knowledge to use in my classroom.
However, Taskstream graders suck sometimes. My first two portfolio assignments went well. The first was meets and the second was exceeds. However, the third I just submitted was needs revision.
The grader stated that part of the work was missing. So, I went back and highlighted the information that was "missing." Now it's a meets all of a sudden.
The graders do not know how to grade. You never know who is going to get your work/paper and how they are going to grade it. That is the only down side to WGU!
AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF GATHERING INFORMATION AND SENDING ALL TRANSCRIPTS IT GOT DOWN TO WHAT I NEEDED TO DO NEXT AND THE STAFF ADVISED ME THAT THE CLASS REQUIREMENTS HAD CHANGED LAST WEEK AND I NEEDED TO TAKE YET ANOTHER ANATOMY CLASS AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL TO QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION TO WGU.
I HAD ALL MY TRANSCRIPTS SENT IN A TIMELY MANNER BUT HOW CONVENIENT THAT ANOTHER CLASS WAS INDICATED JUST A WEEK PRIOR AND NO NOTIFICATION FROM THEM JUST THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE SIGNED UP STUDENTS RATHER THAN POTENTIAL STUDENTS FIRST. THIS IS OK BUT THE TRANSFER CREDITS STOPS THE MINUTE YOU SIGN THE DOTTED LINE. SO I WOULD NEED TO TAKE CLASSES I ALREADY HAD AGAIN. NO THANK YOU. THIS IS NOT A FAST TRACT BUT A WAY TO GET MONEY AND MORE MONEY OUT OF YOU.